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Squerly 02-01-2019 09:49 PM

You canít be serious?
 
I purchased a 2004 Wind Sport 36D coach yesterday. Itís in Titusville Florida and Iím in North Carolina. Fortunately, my Son lives 30 minutes from where the coach is, so he went over, put an eyeball on it and gave them a deposit.

This coming Wednesday, Iím scheduled to drive down and meet the seller, finish the transaction and then head on back to NC with it. Simple enough plan, right? But thereís more to this story. (Always is, right?)

Iíve never even ridden in a motor home, let alone driven one.

That being said, I pulled a 26í car hauler with a Ford F-250 for a bunch of years, backing into and getting out of, many a tight spot. I have a 10,000 lb trackhoe that I trailer up and down the mountains here in NC, and when I lived by the ocean, Iíve navigated my 40í boat in and out of the local marinas. Bottom line, I feel I can drive just about anything.

The seller is going to bring the coach to a nearby KOA where he will go over the systems and show me how everything works. Iíll have a couple of days to mess around with it and take it out for a drive should I feel so inclined. And most importantly, I plan to sacrifice a chicken to the Motor Home Gods, just to be on the safe side. :thumb:

So, am Iím certified crazy, over confident or just mentally maladjusted? And do I have an honest shot of making this trip back to NC or are we going to hear about me in the news on Friday evening?

Any tips and/or suggestions are appreciated!

mountainsam 02-01-2019 09:59 PM

if you have experience with trailers you will have no issues with driving the motor home after the first 10 miles. You may want to get into a large parking lot and drive between the parking lines just to get an idea of the width, which is probably not much more than your equipment trailer.

Give us a shout out whan you get back home and tell us how easy it was.

Congrates and welcome to the forum

Stay out of mcDonalds drive through.:thumb:

16ACE27 02-01-2019 10:07 PM

I had plenty of boat and TT experience behind a PU truck and the first time I drove a motorhome was when I test drove the one I have now - not that big a deal for people who understand swinging wide and situational awareness of all points of the rig.

Bob Denman 02-01-2019 10:19 PM

Welcome to the Forum! :D
I hadn't driven a motorhome in over 30 years...
When I started out for home in our Outlaw: it took about 10 minutes for me to start getting comfortable behind the wheel again. :thumb:

Just keep the biggest part of the rig: in the middle of the biggest hole in the traffic! :D

Squerly 02-01-2019 10:21 PM

Well this is great to hear, and thank you all for chiming in. I feel better now, but the chicken is still a must in my opinion... ;)

Bob Denman 02-01-2019 10:27 PM

Questions:
Are your vision and spatial differentiation skills pretty normal?
What sort of roads will the trip home be on?

Remember to allow yourself a whole lot more stopping distance.
If you can avoid multi-lane crowded roads: the trip will be a whole lot less stressful
Additionally: try to avoid the tight, twisty secondary roads, that might have a low overpass (or two!) in your way.
(Remember your rig's height!!!)

Take your time, pick the least stressful route, find a good radio station...

... and enjoy the trip! :thumb:

m1noel 02-01-2019 10:35 PM

In order to not piss off the MH gods, it is an absolute must to sacrifice a beer, or glass of wine along with that chicken. Sorry, if you do not cater to the adult beverage, it is barely ok to pour it out on the ground of your first campsite.

Squerly 02-01-2019 10:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by m1noel (Post 165420)
In order to not piss off the MH gods, it is an absolute must to sacrifice a beer, or glass of wine along with that chicken. Sorry, if you do not cater to the adult beverage, it is barely ok to pour it out on the ground of your first campsite.

Are you kidding? Who would actually sacrifice a chicken if they weren't imbibing? ;)

mountainsam 02-01-2019 10:40 PM

My first ten minutes in a Class A Georgia Boy MH 39 years ago was more comfortable than the last of my hundreds of hours with an equipment trailer. I cold turkeyed in a new Kenworth cabover in 1970 and stayed behind the wheel for four hours having never driven anything larger than a 24 foot box truck. The worrying is the hardest part. Getting the feel is easy.

rickymac 02-01-2019 10:57 PM

Well, I did about the same thing. I did pull a travel trailer for a couple years, but the MH is different.



I live in Alabama and purchased in South Carolina and drove 36' Windsport home.


You have received all the good driving advice above. Start looking at youtube videos on the different systems in your unit. Don't expect everything to work in your mobile house. Learn to fix things yourself.


Try not to use Camping World. They will have people working on your MH that know less than you do. Also, your MH will spend weeks on their lot before they attempt a repair.



Most Important: Come back to this forum. The info you receive from here is based on people with years of experience and they really care.


Last Thing: Go camping as often as you can. Cook and eat that chicken!

Bob Denman 02-01-2019 10:57 PM

I agree with Mountainsam: the worrying about it, is the hardest part of the game... :hide:

HaRVey 02-01-2019 11:52 PM

Be prepared to hear every noise of things moving around, drawers and doors flying open. Don't leave stuff on the counters, couches, tables...
Ask the owner about any peculiarities with the RV and don't let it distract you from the road. ;)

10scDust 02-02-2019 12:02 AM

Welcome to the forums here.
Be sure the old owner shows you how to work everything!
All the ways to start the refrigerator and or any other amenities.
I would hope the bugs have been worked out by now, so ask about any nuances, and what to do.
Then enjoy, oh yes, do ask what the over all height is, like someone mentioned pay heed to low clearances!
I think you will like the driving of it!

Pete'sMH 02-02-2019 12:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HaRVey (Post 165436)
Be prepared to hear every noise of things moving around, drawers and doors flying open. Don't leave stuff on the counters, couches, tables...

Ask the owner about any peculiarities with the RV and don't let it distract you from the road. ;)



Best driving advice is to look farther down the road and keep your arms and grip relaxed. Check your mirrors often! For me the hardest is driving in heavy rain, at night, and in heavy traffic. I try not to do it....

rickymac 02-02-2019 12:09 AM

All RVer need two things:


1. A sense of humor
2. A good spouse


Fortunately, I have both.

99dart 02-02-2019 12:33 AM

Try to get ALL the manuals for the coach & appliances, furnace, water system and the likes. Have him show you the batteries as well. Check to see how old they are/look. Most of all enjoy!

Oh...BTW, we bought our MH in SC. We live in Washington state. :O

Pete'sMH 02-02-2019 01:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rickymac (Post 165445)
All RVer need two things:


1. A sense of humor
2. A good spouse


Fortunately, I have both.



Some modest amount of money might be the third thing....

super stock racer 02-02-2019 02:21 AM

driving
 
When i bought my class c , i had never driven a motorhome before but had no problem driving it home 100 miles --helped that i drove a e-350 van for years

Squerly 02-02-2019 12:00 PM

Mapping tool?
 
Looks like Iíve fallen in with a good group and thank you everyone for your input, suggestions and support. Iím really looking forward to this adventure!

Low Clearances have been mentioned a couple of times. For this initial trip, I plan to stay on Interstate and State Roads so I assume the low clearance problem will be greatly diminished? Specs on the coach specify 11í10Ē (w/AC so letís go with 12í) exterior height, and from what Iíve Googled, minimum height of a bridge on the Interstate is 16í. Is this a safe assumption or is there a nasty surprise waiting for me?

Iím wondering what kind of mapping tools do you all use? I use GAIA GPS when running trails in my Jeep so Iím guessing there must be a map tool available to help RVíers create a safe (low bridge free) route when planning trips into previously untraveled areas?

RDC54 02-02-2019 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Squerly (Post 165500)
Looks like Iíve fallen in with a good group and thank you everyone for your input, suggestions and support. Iím really looking forward to this adventure!

Low Clearances have been mentioned a couple of times. For this initial trip, I plan to stay on Interstate and State Roads so I assume the low clearance problem will be greatly diminished? Specs on the coach specify 11í10Ē (w/AC so letís go with 12í) exterior height, and from what Iíve Googled, minimum height of a bridge on the Interstate is 16í. Is this a safe assumption or is there a nasty surprise waiting for me?

Iím wondering what kind of mapping tools do you all use? I use GAIA GPS when running trails in my Jeep so Iím guessing there must be a map tool available to help RVíers create a safe (low bridge free) route when planning trips into previously untraveled areas?

There are many good options for mapping functions out there, but I have had good success with AllStays Camp&RV app. You can map a route, and preset filters to avoid low clearances. There are many good reviews of this app on YouTube. The app is a bit pricey ($9-10, I think), but we downloaded a bunch of different apps, and it quickly became our go to app on our trip out west last summer.


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